Three Sentenced for 2014 Sexual Assault of Minor

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – Three Hopkinsville men have been given 45 years combined prison sentence for the sexual assault of a 15-year-old boy at an October 2014 party in Christian County.

19-year-old Colton Cavanaugh received a sentence of 20 years and must serve at least 12 years before he is eligible for parole. He was charged with first-degree sodomy, first-degree wanton endangerment, and tampering with physical evidence.  He must also register as a sex offender, as well as serve an additional five years of conditional release at the completion of his sentence. As part of his plea, Cavanaugh offer a public apology to the victim in August.

22-year-old Dayton Jones received a 15-year sentence on first-degree sodomy, first-degree wanton endangerment, and distribution of matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor.  He must register as a lifetime sex offender, and must serve at least 8 1/2 years of his sentence before he is eligible for parole. He will serve an additional five years of conditional release at the completion of his sentence. Jones offered a public apology to the victim today at his sentencing.

21-year-old Tyler Perry received a 10-year sentence to serve 85 percent of his sentence on first-degree assault.

A fourth man, Samual Miller, 20, will be sentenced March 7.  He is charged with first-degree complicity to wanton endangerment, complicity to tampering with physical evidence, and distribution of matter portraying a sexual performance by a minor. His recommended sentence on all counts to run consecutively is 13 years. He must register as a sex offender.

The four defendants sexually assaulted the minor while he was unconscious at a house party, inflicting serious physical injury.

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